Public's Help Needed In Finding Jewel Thief

 LONG BEACH (CNS) - Police asked for the public's help today to find a man who stole more than $15,000 worth of jewelry after breaking into a woman's truck in Long Beach.

Officers were dispatched just after 8 a.m. on Dec. 11 to the site of a reported vehicle burglary in the 3000 block of Stevely Avenue, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

``The victim parked her vehicle in her driveway the night before after returning home from a business function, leaving her inventory inside the car,'' according to a police statement. ``The next morning, she discovered the car window was broken in and over $15,000 in jewelry was taken. The loss was in plastic bags and plastic containers.''

The woman was a jewelry distributor who had attended an event that night and left her wares inside her pickup truck, Long Beach Police Detective Bruce Roberson said.

``Most people believe their vehicles are a safe haven,'' Roberson said.

He would not speculate whether the woman was targeted or the theft was a crime of opportunity.

A neighbor's surveillance video released by police shows a tall man of 20 to 30 with a slim build and a buzzed haircut, wearing a gray zip-up hoodie and black pants shining a flashlight into the pickup truck. A white four- door Acura TL with a sunroof believed to have been involved in the heist is depicted in a second video.

Anyone with information about the burglary was urged to call (562) 570- 7362 to speak with Detective Roberson. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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